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Gary H. Everett's Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures
Numbers 31

 

 

Verses 1-54

Numbers 31:2 Avenge the children of Israel of the Midianites: afterward shalt thou be gathered unto thy people.

Numbers 31:2 — "Avenge the children of Israel of the Midianites" - Comments- God told Moses to destroy the Midianites because they seduced Israel into whoredom ( Numbers 25:16-18).

Numbers 25:16-18, And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Vex the Midianites, and smite them: For they vex you with their wiles, wherewith they have beguiled you in the matter of Peor, and in the matter of Cozbi, the daughter of a prince of Midian, their sister, which was slain in the day of the plague for Peor"s sake."

Numbers 31:8 And they slew the kings of Midian, beside the rest of them that were slain; namely, Evi, and Rekem, and Zur, and Hur, and Reba, five kings of Midian: Balaam also the son of Beor they slew with the sword.

Numbers 31:8 — "Balaam also the son of Beor they slew with the sword" - Comments- The Scriptures do not make it clear when Balaam came back to dwell with the Midianites, since he had returned home after blessing the children of Israel. Note:

Numbers 24:25, "And Balaam rose up, and went and returned to his place: and Balak also went his way."

Numbers 31:16, "Behold, these caused the children of Israel, through the counsel of Balaam, to commit trespass against the LORD in the matter of Peor, and there was a plague among the congregation of the LORD."

2 Peter 2:15, "Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness;"

Jude 1:11, "Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core."

Revelation 2:14, "But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication."

 


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Everett, Gary H. "Commentary on Numbers 31:4". Gary H. Everett's Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ghe/numbers-31.html. 2013.

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Wednesday, September 18th, 2019
the Week of Proper 19 / Ordinary 24
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